British Airways is to launch a new direct route from London Gatwick to San Jose (airport code SJO), Costa Rica from Wednesday 4 May 2016.
Flights will initially operate twice weekly, increasing to three times a week from the end of October 2016:
Flights will be operated with a three class Boeing 777 aircraft (world Traveller economy, World Traveller Plus premium economy and Club World business class) and are on sale now at ba.com
This will be the only direct service between London and Costa Rica. BA’s IAG sibling Iberia also flies to San Jose daily from Madrid, and bookings can combine flights on the two airlines. For the avoidance of any doubt, BA does not currently fly direct to San Jose, California (airport code SJC).
London Gatwick – San Jose, Costa Rica
Flight BA2137 Depart London Gatwick 11:55 Arrive San Jose 15:45 (Weds)
Flight BA2137 Depart London Gatwick 11:00 Arrive San Jose 14:50 (Sat)
Flight BA2136 Depart San Jose 17:15 Arrive London Gatwick 10:30 (Weds)
Flight BA2136 Depart San Jose 16:20 Arrive London Gatwick 09:35 (Sat)
Valencia is BA’s fifteenth Spanish destination with flights already operating to Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Fuerteventura, Granada, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Mallorca, Menorca, Seville and Tenerife from a combination of London Heathrow, Gatwick and City airports.
British Airways has announced that its First Class lounge at London Gatwick will close from 3pm each day from Monday 13 April 2015.
The lounge is one of two provided by BA at London Gatwick. The other being a Terraces lounge for Silver Executive Club cardholders and passengers travelling on flexible UK domestic tickets, and in Club Europe and Club World.
Patronage of the lounge has declined over a number of years. BA moved routes such as Dallas Fort Worth and Houston to London Heathrow many years ago. American Airlines withdrew from the airport after the 2008 Open Skies treaty removed restrictions on what routes BA and American could operate from London Heathrow.
Alternatively, passengers have the option of flying to another nearby BA destination from London Gatwick (Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote), or via Iberia’s hub in Madrid. Passengers are also entitled to a full refund.
Other direct flights from London Gatwick to Gran Canaria are available from easyJet, Norwegian and Thomas Cook.